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Carnegie Gaither Junior Fellowship: UW application deadline extended to 12/30/22

Submitted by Stephen Dunne on December 9, 2022 - 8:33am

We’ve extended the deadline to 12/30/22 for students/recent grads to apply for UW nomination to the Carnegie Endowment’s Gaither Junior Fellows Program. Please share with seniors (2022-23 grads) and those who graduated during 2021-22 who may be interested in a one-year paid fellowship engaging in international affairs-related research at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Info to share as fits for your students, including the bulletin attached:

Apply for UW nomination to the Carnegie Endowment Gaither Junior Fellows Program: UW deadline extended to Dec. 30!

Each year the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace offers approximately 14 one-year Gaither Junior Fellowships to uniquely qualified graduating seniors (in 2022-23) and individuals who have graduated during the past academic year (2021-22). Gaither Junior Fellows work as research assistants to the Endowment's senior associates and have the opportunity to conduct research for books, co-author journal articles and policy papers, participate in meetings with high-level officials, contribute to congressional testimony and organize briefings attended by scholars, journalists and government officials. Positions are paid, full-time positions for 10-12 months (salary is approx. $45,000 with full benefits).

Applicants must be nominated by their university to compete for these positions. UW applications for nomination to participate in the 2023-24 program are open now, and UW can nominate up to 3 candidates for the national competition. Applicants should have completed a significant amount of course work related to their discipline of interest. Language and other skills may also be required for certain assignments. Students who identify as members of historically underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Learn about UW’s application process for those seeking nomination. And read about Maha Alhomoud, 2021 Political Science grad from UW and 2021-22 Gaither Junior Fellow.

Candidates apply to work on specific research projects at the Carnegie Endowment. 2023-24 projects are:

  1. Democracy, Conflict, and Governance
  2. American Statecraft
  3. Nuclear Policy
  4. Technology and International Affairs: Strong writing and research skills are essential.
  5. Middle East: Strong reading fluency and the ability to perform academic as well as on-line research in Arabic essential. Strong background in Middle East politics and/or history is a huge plus.
  6. International Security and Political Economy [to work with the South Asia Program]: Quantitative data analysis and GIS skills are required. A strong mathematical background is a plus. An academic background in international relations theory or international political economy along with an interest in military issues is essential.
  7. Asia Program (Indo-Pacific Security): Mandarin Chinese language skills and familiarity with Asian security, defense and foreign policy issues are essential. Proficiency in Japanese, Bahasa, or another Asian language is a plus.
  8. Asia Program (China, Economics and Technology): Mandarin Chinese language skills are required. Background in economics  or emerging technologies strongly preferred.
  9. Russia/Eurasia: Excellent Russian reading skills required.
  10. Africa Program
  11. Global Order and Institutions: An academic background in international institutions and the management of transnational challenges is strongly preferred.
  12. Sustainability, Climate and Geopolitics: Basic data skills (such as helping create graphs or tables for Carnegie publications) are a huge plus. Applicants should have completed coursework related to sustainability and climate issues.
  13. Europe: Fluency and the ability to perform research in a European language other than English are a huge plus. Background knowledge on European politics is essential.

UW Applicant Information & Resources:

Gaither Junior Fellowship Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants must be graduating seniors or students who have graduated during the last academic year
  • No one who has started graduate studies is eligible for consideration
  • The Carnegie Endowment accepts applications only through participating universities via designated nominating officials (Robin Chang in UW’s Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards)
  • You need not be a U.S. citizen if you attend a university located in the United States. However, all applicants must be eligible to work in the United States for a full 10-12 months from Sept. 1 through June 30 following graduation. Students on F-1 visas who are eligible to work in the US for the 10-12 months (Sept. 1 through June 30) may apply for the program. If you attend a participating school outside of the United States, you must be a US citizen (due to work permit requirements).
  • Applicants should have completed a significant amount of course work related to their discipline of interest. Language and other skills may also be required for certain assignments.
  • Applicants must pick one of the programs listed to apply to and respond to the corresponding essay question within the application materials.
  • The selection process for the Junior Fellows Program is very competitive. Accordingly, the suggested minimum GPA is 3.5 or higher, though that is not a requirement at all.
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